Published on : Thursday, December 6, 2018
Indonesia is not likely to hit its target of securing 17 million arrivals in terms of tourists this year due to a series of adversities the country witnessed this year, according to Tourism Ministry official Judi Rifajantoro.
He explained that the arrivals totaled only 13.24 million in the initial 10 months of this year.
Judi was mentioning about earthquakes, tsunami and landslides in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara and Palu, Central Sulawesi, and to a recent plane crash close to Jakarta where all passengers lost their lives.
“Disasters always affect the tourism sector. It is hard to achieve the target of 17 million arrivals,” Judi said as quoted by tempo.co on Wednesday.
He stated that he still expects the arrivals in November and December would show consistent result at 1.5 million each, even though the figures in September and October were 1.2 million and 2.9 million respectively, 5.74 percent lower than in the previous months.
Nevertheless, the ministry still keen on welcoming 20 million international tourists in the coming month with the hope that there were no barriers for the industry, Judi added.
Tourism Ministry spokesman Guntur Sakti explained number of programs and endorsements had been prepared to reach the target of 20 million tourist arrivals in the coming new year, including ones for cross-border tourists from Malaysia and Timor Leste.
“We will also carry out promotions through operators and agents in major tourist destinations like Thailand and Singapore,” he added.